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A Crack In BlackBerry's Case?

Don't get too attached to your BlackBerry.  You may remember that the BlackBerry manufacturer, Research in Motion, lost a patent infringement trial three years ago to NTP out of Arlington, Virginia.  In a big way - they suffered $520 million verdict, reportedly the largest patent infringement verdict on record.  RIM has tried a number of dodges to that verdict, including proceedings in Canada and an appeal here. 

Then they tried to settle the matter with NTP, and almost had a deal inked last March for $450 million.  Almost.  It fell apart, and now NTP wants to enforce its award.

SCOTUS reports that Justice Roberts denied RIM's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which could lead to banning sales of BlackBerry devices here in the US and stopping all emails to BlackBerrys. 

As part of NTP's tactics, the company successfully forced a USPTO review of all eight of RIM's patents on the device, seven of which now stand invalidated.  Federal Court Judge James R. Spencer in Richmond, where the proceedings now lie, says he's not going to delay any longer.

Looks like CrackBerry will shortly have a new meaning.  Can I suggest the alternative I use

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Thursday, November 10, 2005


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